After six months, medical cannabis significantly improved pain and quality of life for older adults with minimal side effects. More than 93 percent of 901 participants reported their pain dropped from eight to four on the 10-point scale. Quality of life upgraded from “bad” or “very bad” to “good” or “very good” in approximately 60 percent of patients. More than 70 percent of patients reported experiencing moderate to significant improvement in their condition.
[Medical Cannabis] is a well-tolerated treatment with improvement noted in chronic pain, sleep, neuropathy, and anxiety in patients ≥75 years of age. [Adverse effects] that resolved on dosage adjustment were noted in 13% of patients.
- How Medication Side Effects Can Masquerade as Dementia “My mother was fading fast. In the course of two months, she went from needing general assistance to not being able to stand or assist with her own transfers… Over the course of about three weeks, she had deteriorated to the point where she could not take her medications. Without meds, she regained her mind and most of her mobility. It came down to the medications she was on. We began reintroducing them one at a time with minimal doses for the most important issues. If we saw a return of symptoms of dementia, we would reverse course and she would come right back. It has made me wonder how many of our elderly end up in homes, or deteriorate catastrophically because they are on too much medication. “
- Your grandparents’ chronic aches and pains might best be eased with a little weed, a new study suggests.
- Marijuana use among baby boomers rose tenfold over decade as seniors seek out pot for medical treatment
- Medical cannabis significantly safer for elderly with chronic pain than Opioids “After monitoring patients 65 and older for six months, we found medical cannabis treatment significantly relieves pain and improves quality of life for seniors with minimal side effects reported.”
- AARP: Seniors Turn to CBD From Marijuana for Pain Management Mikhail Kogan, M.D., medical director of the George Washington University Center for Integrative Medicine, has prescribed CBD for his patients since the compound was legalized for medical use in the District of Columbia in 2011. Kogan says cannabinoids are “safer than Tylenol or caffeine by tenfold. If you compare them to opiates, they’re about 10,000 times safer.” He recommends placing a few drops of the oil under the tongue.
Friends, to my great delight, my mother has finally become willing to pursue use of CBD to replace the heroin (Oxycontin) my beloved (soon to be) 90 year old Dad has been taking for years, after a herniated disk caused chronic pain.
Mom told me last week that my Dad was ‘slowing down at an alarming rate’, which broke my heart. Later that day, it hit me like a lighting bolt out of nowhere: IT’S THE OXY! Of course there will be decline in old age, but heroin will take down a 20 year old in no time, what is it doing to our parents?
I’ve compiled a bunch of information for my Mom to share with her doctor to get approval, and found a couple options from a local CBD shop to begin our journey. Please enjoy: